You start with an interest in whisky but before you know it you are looking at cotton and the rise of the factory system. How can this happen? Even if...

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Arkwright and Deanston

  I never promised that this blog would be in any way current. Never promised to keep my finger on the pulse or provide hot takes. Instead I am m...

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Deanston

Outside the Talisker distillery there is a hut that sells good coffee and tray bakes. This morning, having driven up from Fort William and allowing pl...

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The Talisker Chicken

  One of the great post-war writers on architecture and the built environment was Ian Nairn. He was passionate, idiosyncratic, and angry, especia...

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What Would Nairn Have Thought

How much are you willing to pay for your whisky? How much extra are you willing to pay for an incremental gain in flavour and quality? I ask because w...

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How Much Will You Pay

I’m sitting, overlooking the harbour eating fish and chips. In front of me a heron gull is perched on a railing and I am looking into his cold, blac...

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In the Centre of Oban

These standing stones at Glengorm are just a few miles away from Tobermory distillery. Mull as an island is rich in standing stones and stone circles,...

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Standing Stones

Sometimes casual remarks or random opinions can lead you in the wrong direction. For example when I was a young boy I overheard my mother telling a fr...

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Tobermory and Preconceptions